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Virginia Beach woman leaves signs of hope during pandemic

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Posted at 3:16 PM, Feb 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-12 17:51:25-05

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – For nearly the entire time we’ve been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, a Virginia Beach woman, with a bit of help from her family, has been making inspirational signs and secretly leaving them out for neighbors to see.

She uses a wood pallet and paints different quotes or messages on it. It started in early summer and is still going strong. The latest is a Valentine-themed message that reads, “Write someone a love letter. P.S. This is mine… to you.”

The sign is sometimes moved into various locations, but most often, you’ll find it along the Nimmo Parkway, where there’s a walking trail.

“I think it’s amazing and puts a smile on my face every time I pull out of the neighborhood,” said Ashley Reich.

The sign maker wants to remain anonymous.

“We think this is incredible, and the mystery person who is leaving these inspirational message rocks,” exclaimed Karen Brunelle.

To show gratitude for all that the anonymous sign creator has done, another neighbor, Melissa Van Ness, left a small "thank you" plaque out there for passersby to stop and sign as a small gesture for the person who has brought much joy.

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“I just thought it would be nice to have something we could all sign,” said Van Ness.

There’s no telling how long it will go on, but some neighbors hope it continues through the pandemic.

“I think any little bit of sunshine you can bring is a wonderful thing,” commented neighbor Lori Kelly.

Karen Brunelle has a message for the anonymous sign maker: “Whoever’s doing it, keep doing it, and we love you!”